Valdosta Police Department Press Release
On February 23, 2014, at approximately 7:40 am, two females entered the Flash Foods at 511 North St. Augustine Road and threatened the clerk and demanded money from the store clerk. Both females had their faces covered. The offenders initially left the area on foot and got into a vehicle. A suspicious vehicle containing two female occupants was spotted by a VPD officer right after the robbery took place. The officer attempted to pull the suspicious vehicle over, but it failed to stop. The offenders fled the area and ended up crashing their vehicle into a fence at the intersection of Jaycee Shack Road and Northside Drive. The two offenders fled into a wooded area but were soon apprehended near the area of the vehicle accident. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Remerton Police Department assisted VPD in apprehending the two suspects. Evidence of the robbery was recovered and the two offenders were identified as Lakesha Stewart, 39 year old Valdosta resident who was charged with robbery, obstruction of an officer and multiple traffic offenses and Lamarion Baker, 17 year old Valdosta resident who is charged with robbery and obstruction of an officer. There were no injuries reported regarding this incident.
Chief Brian Childress stated that “this was a tremendous team effort by the Valdosta Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, and Remerton Police Department. No one was hurt during the incident which says a lot about the officers and deputies involved”.
Stewart and Baker are being held at the Lowndes County Jail pending judicial proceedings.